An Impressive Presentation of Lovely Evidences
Underneath the Lintel
by Glen Berger
featuring Darren Hill
directed by Melissa Lorraine
assistant directed by Jordan Matthew Walsh
Underneath the Lintel was first produced in 2001 in Los Angeles by The Actor’s Gang Theatre Company. It was produced later that same year in New York at the Soho Playhouse. The play ran for 450 performances, and was voted among the Top Ten Plays of the Year by Time Out New York magazine.
The sole character – the Librarian – embarks on a quest to find out who anonymously returned a library book that is 113 years overdue. A clue scribbled in the margin of the book and an unclaimed dry-cleaning ticket then take him on a mysterious adventure that spans the globe and the ages.
Theatre Y is grabbing hold of this text as an opportunity to infiltrate every corner of Chicago in the spirit of its wandering anarchist librarian. Framed by Theatre Y’s vaudevillian twin boy act, this complex and nuanced parlor room performance presents meaning as the newest joke in town. He is the clown of our time, and he is the first to confess it. Theatre Y obliges him to brave the noise of the city, fighting for dignity, perhaps failing at times, but refusing to be ignored - carving his presence into door frames all over town. Fossilizing, if nothing else, his excrement.
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Photo Credit: Nancy Kapp